How to Pastor at Home

Somehow, some way, every husband and father must learn to do this.  Justin Hyde gives some tips:

  1. Routine – explicit and implicit times
  2. Intentional Evenings – “don’t clock out when you get home”
  3. Time to Play – come home ready to invest in your kids
  4. Mealtime – worship God through laughter, good food, and enjoying each other
  5. Cleanup – teach the kids to help, then play until . . .
  6. Bible Time – lead your family to sit together and read the Bible in a way they can understand
  7. Questions & Answers – use a catechism,
  8. Family Prayer – take prayer requests, let everyone pray, make it fun
  9. Bedtime – love and hug those kids
  10. Explicit vs. Implicit – everything you do explicitly as a family is built on your own time with the Lord and your constant investment in your family

Hyde also intersperses some tips for wives and mothers to help their husbands pastor their family well. Part of his conclusion reminds us, “Husbands/dads, this is the most important work you’ll ever do, and it will have more impact than anything you could imagine.” Amen.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

2 Responses to How to Pastor at Home

  1. Tony says:

    Good stuff. Thanks for posting.

    • B Treece says:

      Thanks, Tony, this is an older one, but I notice I’m getting a bit of traffic based on the older posts now that I’ve been blogging for five years. I guess that’s all the time it takes!

      Hope this is helpful, though. I wrote a bit on the theological backings of family worship here.

      Thanks for dropping by and come back anytime,


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